DELAWARE VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL
"Where Dreams Become Reality"
WHAT A GREAT SEASON!!! The DVMS Ski/Snowboard club has successfully completed another season at Shawnee Mountain Ski Resort. The club had a total of 30 students from the 6th/7th/8th grade with varying ski/snowboard abilities. Though we had a few cancelations of trips due to weather, the club was able to get all six trips in for the season. The club advisor, Mr. Salus, would like to thank Mrs. Morley for being our lodge mom. Mrs. Morley spent her time in the lodge at our normal location and would provide students with meal vouchers and the peace of mind that the students’ materials were being watched by an adult. Finally, I would like to thank the parents and students who participated in the DVMS Ski/Snowboard club!
DVMS SKI/SNOWBOARD CLUB
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Mrs. Gonzalez has opened up morning math tutoring for all interested 6th grade students to attend! Students are encouraged to practice problems on their own at home in the independent or extra practice sections and check their answers in the back of the book. Students should bring in questions they have from practicing at home (any questions they can't obtain the correct answers to) in order to better maximize time during morning tutoring. Students can come to practice problems too, but it is best to come with questions prepared to ask. Students may stay from 7:40-8am each day and will get a pass back to homeroom when they are done. Mrs. Gonzalez is looking forward to working with all students in hopes that we get them to reach their full potential!
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Our Delaware Valley Middle School community has been donating food and toiletry items to the Hackerman-Patz Drive throughout the month of February. The Hackerman-Patz House is located at Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital and is the only children’s hospital in our region that can perform life-saving pediatric surgeries, has a burn unit, and a children’s cancer treatment center. Parents can stay at the Hackerman-Patz and be near their child. All food, toiletries, and laundry services are provided during their stay. Their belief is that when you have a child that is ill or injured, you shouldn’t have to worry about anything except for being close to his/her side. It is a belief that all parents can support.
SPREADING THE LOVE: Student Council members organized and distributed Candy Grams for Valentine’s Day.
Jason King, Claire Marotta, Shawn Owens, Lauren Donnelly, Adriana Capo, William Maxwell, Tyler Maney
KINDNESS MATTERS: DVMS celebrates our young leaders by holding their first ever King and Queen of Kindness! This incentive was created to recognize the students who have shown true kindness to other students and faculty members for the 2018-2019 school year.
Top Row (left to right): Brandon McElhaney, Christopher DeGraw, Emily Sabella, Kadence Storms, Tiffany Gonzalez, Sofia Kielty, and, Nathaniel Anderson.
Bottom Row (left to right): Isaiah Berrios, Eric Pol, Francesca Antonecchia, Regan Curabba, Owen Ruzanski, Gabriel Peruso, and, Alyssa Moon
Regan Curabba & Gabriel Peruso
THE OM JOURNEY BEGINS AGAIN:
Our terrific trio of Odyssey of the Mind teams has been hard at work preparing for the Northeast PA Regional Tournament, which will be held on Saturday, March 9th at Pocono Mountain West High School in Pocono Summit, PA. Teams that place first or second at Regionals will advance to State Finals, which will be held on Saturday April 6th at Pocono Mountain East High School in Swiftwater, PA.
Hide in Plain Sight: Mrs. Lockwood's Technical team (Elena Cirello, John Lockwood, Cole Miller, Bennett Nielsen, Olivia Rowehl, Anna Vogel, and Scarlett Weir) is creating and building a mechanical creature which has to change its appearance three times to avoid detection by a searcher character. The creature will then reveal its true self during a fourth change.
Structure Toss: In Mrs. Benson's Structure team's (Ben Bailor, Isabella Bixby, Christa Cirello, Noelle Holderith, Karter Peereboom, Ceanna Williams, and Abby Zimmerman) problem, not only must they design and build a structure to hold as much weight as possible, they also must first "toss" the structure through the air with a team-created devise in a carnival game theme before it is tested for strength.
Omer to the Rescue, Again! Mr. Rhule's vehicle team (Jazmyne Bates, Kaylee Kurcon, Ashley McKeon, Ryan O'Connor, Jessica Rhule, Owen Ruzanski, and Ella Vogel), is designing and creating a vehicle that will be ridden on by one or two team members and must be disassembled and reassembled during their skit. All parts of the vehicle will be stored in suitcases as the duo travels from place to place and completes a series of three rescues in order to "save the day."
EVERYONE IS A WINNER: This winter, students from Delaware Valley Middle School competed in the Area P Winter Special Olympics. The races took place at Ski Big Bear on Masthope Mountain in Lackawaxen, PA. Students from DVMS raced against students from Wallenpaupack Area School District and Wayne Highlands School District in a skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing downhill slalom competition. Students who received gold medals for placing first in their division include Wyatt Beheran, Devin Cavalone, Lucas Innella, Sam Sheehan, Liz Gruodis, Collette Germain-Norton, Kaeliann Wieboldt, Justin Lugo, Tyler Matteson, and Andralyn Rand. Winning silver medals for placing second in their division are Camron Sinclair, Julianne Kowalski, TJ Eddy, Brennan Colville, Alex Fitterer, Clayton Woodley, Keegan Heath, and Ryan Crowley. Finally, with a bronze medal for placing third in their division are TJ Carini, Aidyn Campbell, Jason Mele, and Vincent Santiago. Other participants included Ryan Baka, Anna Dudle, Rihanna Carr, Andrea Cespedes, Trinity Cook, Chris Degraw, Brendan Doran, Michael McKeeby, Gabe Peruso, and Ryan Rand. All athletes are, and should be, extremely proud of their accomplishments on the slopes this year!
PERFECT ATTENDANCE BREAKFAST WINNERS
(Standing): Hayden Mead Daniella Perunsky Alexander Fitterer
(Kneeling): Ryan Edwards Brogan Mapes Tyler Cortez
FEBRUARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH NOMINEES
Adrianna Buchanan Brian Rodriguez-Hernandez Cailey Fullone Averi Dunn
Cayleigh Mueller Collette Germain-Norton Claire Marotta Cole Weston
Donovan Ocasio Daniel Zuniga-Schmuck Joseph Carpenter Kate Shivers
Isaiah Berrios Keegan Heath Kendra Curnkey Kiana Guy
Landon Machado Luke Peerboom Nicholas Colon Nicole Martel
Paul Weinrich Ronald McManus Leah Weinreb Ryan Baka
FEBRUARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Mia Friedman Kiertsen Gervais Gabriella Aitken
DVMS SUPER SPELLERS: Five Delaware Valley Middle School students have earned the right to compete in the multiple-school Tri-State Spelling Bee on March 10th. The students’ spelling journey began in January. Based on the written spelling test that the entire school took, nineteen DVMS students scored high enough to qualify for the school oral bee. Emerging from the school-wide written test in January and then from the DVMS oral spelling bee in February, five finalists will now represent the school at the Tri-State Spelling Bee. The Tri-State Bee is comprised of the five finalists from five contending local middle schools: Delaware Valley, Dingman-Delaware, Port Jervis, Montague, and Eldred, for a total of 25 competitors.
Each of the 25 students will be competing for the chance to represent the Tri-State area at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.
The Tri-State Spelling Bee will be held on Sunday, March 10th, at 1:30 p.m. in the Delaware Valley High School auditorium. The public is invited to attend.
DVMS Oral Bee Participants: Billy Maxwell Sam Shin, Evan McDermott
John Lockwood, Bridget Markwalter, Nick Colavito, Cassie Joyce, Chris Zuniga
Noah Reeves, Riley Krick, Sophie Allen, Luke Peereboom, Alan Chen, Cole Miller
5 Spellers to Tri-State: Billy Maxwell, Luke Peereboom, Cassie Joyce, Alan Chen, John Lockwood
March 10 Tri-State Spelling Bee, DVHS Auditorium, 12:00PM (Snow Date 3/11)
March 10 Odyssey of The Mind, Pocono Mountain West High School, 7:30AM
March has arrived and hopefully soon some warmer weather will find a way into the region. At least we are seeing the sun in the sky a bit longer each day. The later part of the third quarter is underway and our students continue to prepare in the classroom for the state assessments and on our fields and stages.
After reviewing student data, it is evident that as a whole, the students could be spending some additional focus in relation to mathematics across all three grades. In an effort to provide support, tutoring continues to run after school each Wednesday as well as opportunities for students to attend the math lab during studyhall and at the discretion of the math teachers. As we get closer to the assessments, an even more focused after school tutoring opportunity will be available for students that receive invitation letters in relation to ELA, Math, and for those students in grade 8 taking the Keystone Algebra exam. Letters for those strongly encouraged to attend ELA tutoring will be mailed in mid-March and for those for math in early April.
Spring sports are getting underway and I wish all of our athletes and teams a great season. Please remind your child/children to make the same commitment in the classroom as they seemingly do on the athletic fields and performance stages. As an exhausted parent myself, thank you for your commitment to getting our student athletes to all practices and events as needed. Please enjoy a wonderful month.
Pete Ioppolo, Ed. D.